Love Your Plot - elho, Al Fresco Fortnight and more!

Spring has well and truly sprung and we've got an exciting month ahead of us here at Love Your Plot. From beautiful containers to brand new videos, we'll have plenty of inspiration to help you make the most of your outdoor space this spring. Read more

The HTA names Alex Vick as senior executive director

The HTA has backed its management team by promoting finance director, Alex Vick, to senior executive director in charge of day to day operations and by giving each director greater responsibility. Read more

Alex Vick

GIMA Knowledge Exchange: Three one-day interactive workshops focussed on skill building

This autumn, the GIMA Knowledge Exchange Programme will feature three one-day interactive workshops designed to build skills across management and sales platforms. Read more

Love Your Plot 2017 campaign launch

We're excited to announce that the 2017 Love Your Plot industry campaign has been launched with a new consumer-facing website!  This year the campaign is focusing on bridging the gap between online and offline engagement; encouraging the non-gardener who Googles gardening advice to visit their local garden centre and be inspired.  Read more

HTA to review structure before recruiting a new CX

The HTA is to carry out a review before deciding on how to replace Carol Paris, the chief executive who left last month. Read more

Adam Wigglesworth

Threat of rates being charged on growers is lifted

Lobbying by the HTA and the NFU has been successful in lifting the threat of growers being charged rates, which could have amounted to hundreds of thousands of pounds. Read more

Trial grounds at Ball Colegrave

Initial roll-call of GrowQuip speakers announced

The roll-call of speakers taking part in the GrowQuip 2017 Conference, dinner and industry showcase is taking shape and major sponsors have announced their support of the event. Read more

Crowders' multi-channel e-commerce platform is for sale

Quinton Edwards is offering for sale. It would suit a garden centre looking to develop its multi-channel capability without the risk of building its own website.  Read more

Gardman to move to a new DC in Daventry

Gardman will move to a new DC in Daventry before the end of this year giving it the infrastructure to grow and the capacity to absorb acquisitions. Read more

GIMA Invests in Trends Content for Members

GIMA has announced that they will be investing in future trends content for its members, and from February this year are giving its members access to WGSN Insight & Lifestyle and Interiors content. Read more

2016 GIMA Innovator’s Seed Corn Fund winners, Vivagreen: six months later & thriving

The third winners of the GIMA Innovators Seed Corn Fund (GISCF) were Vivagreen; receiving this industry accolade due to the simplicity and effectiveness of its MossOff product. Since receiving the award at Glee 2016, six months have passed – a long time in the world of business. Read more

MossOff Multi Surface

2016 - a year of change

2016 saw second tier garden centre chains and independents invest as Wyevale consolidated. Homebase and Argos are sold. The HTA moved offices and moved to become the lead association for all gardening related businesses. Glyphosate, Xylella and the weather made frequent headlines. Scotts and Bayer looked for a way out of distributing consumer garden chemicals. Read our review – open to all. Read more

Bunnings buys Homebase

HTA launches the Nursery Supply Show in 2017

The HTA has unveiled a new Nursery Supply Show to run in parallel with the National Plant show in June. Read more

Trials at Ball Colegrave

Why are gardening brands ignoring QVC?

Richard Jackson, the gardening guru on QVC, asked why many garden brands ignore QVC when so many famous brands in other sectors sell through it. Read more

Richard Jackson

GCA opens up e-learning packages to HTA members

The HTA and GCA have formed a training partnership that will give HTA members access to the 90 GROW e-learning modules. Read more

Carol Paris

Amazon seeks improved links with BHETA suppliers

At the recent BHETA networking event, Amazon buyers were out in force and outlined several services that could take the supplier opportunities to new levels.  Read more

Oliver Sawers (L) and Jeff Wemyss

Sheeplands says it needs more time to comply with council demands

Having lost its planning argument with Wokingham BC, Sheeplands garden centre has closed concessions, seeded the overflow carpark and made other changes. Read more

Rob Scott

GIMA wins silver at the inaugural Awards Awards

Last week (Friday 12th May), the GIMA team were over the moon when the GIMA Awards won silver at the inaugural Awards Awards ceremony. Read more

Dobbies to launch national online garden centre

Dobbies is to launch an online store early next year serving the whole of the UK following an agreement with the Ocado Group’s Speciality Stores. Read more

GIMA Knowledge Workshop: Demystifying the Digital World

In June, GIMA - in association with PP8 Marketing - will run a special interactive workshop entitled ‘Demystifying the Digitial World’ for garden suppliers and manufacturers. This exclusive event will focus on how companies can maximise their online presence, through improved website communication and social media strategy. Read more

Love Your Plot 2017 campaign launched by GIMB

The 2017 Love Your Plot industry campaign is being launched with a new consumer-facing website and the announcement of three campaign sponsors. Read more

Amazon buyers are to address the next BHETA forum

BHETA’s next networking forum is to feature two of Amazon’s category leaders, who will be sharing the latest information on how digital innovation is fuelling the Amazon business and the opportunities that this presents to suppliers. Read more

Graduate Management Trainee Programme relaunched

One of the UK’s leading nurseries in Hereford has this month (March, 2017) announced that it will be re-opening its Management Trainee Programme. Read more

Andy Johnson, Managing Director at Wyevale Nurseries.

Mike Lind is to be the next GCA chairman

Mike Lind is to succeed Julian Winfield as GCA chairman at the beginning of 2018. He says he wants to make the GCA more relevant. This is at a time when it represents only a small proportion of garden centres… read the Gardenforum comment. Read more

Mike Lind

The industry prepares for a bigger Garden Re-Leaf Day

Garden Re-Leaf day on 17th March will see outside participants join the garden industry as it celebrates the start of the gardening season and aims to beat the £140,000 raised last year for Greenfingers charity. Read more

Get Planting for Greenfingers

Vitax invest in video content

Vitax, owners of gardening website Vitax Garden World (, are investing in the power of video to further engage with gardeners and help drive visitors to local garden centres. Read more

Andy McIndoe hosts Vitax Garden World’s new video content

HTA National Plant Show website renewed by Garden Connect

The HTA has appointed Garden Connect to renew its' National Plant Show website. Read more

Allensmore installs climate control as it continues to invest

Having grown 55% Allensmore Nurseries invests in climate control but says Brexit means they face an uncertain period. Read more

DIY multiples have majority share of Internet gardening sales

A new AMA report says Internet garden sales grew by an estimated 24% within the last year and that DIY multiples account for the majority share. Read more

GCA moves HQ to Chester

The GCA has moved offices to Chester, nearer to the home of Iain Wylie, the association’s chief executive. But the recent solid working relationship with the HTA remains. Read more

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